If you are interested in transitioning your career into the health care industry, there could be a lot of information to review and digest first. Here is a broad overview of the health care field, its vast opportunities, and the variety of environments and organizations it offers.
The health care industry is the largest in the United States, and with more Baby Boomers retiring each year, the industry continues to add jobs to accommodate a growing older population.
In fact, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care employment has grown 29% in the last ten years, while the population only grew 10%. Current health care employment is now 16.6 million, and is projected to be 19.8 million by 2018, an increase of 20%.
One of the reasons for such a large expansion of jobs is the fact that the health care industry is so diverse in terms of range of jobs and occupations. All these opportunities can be a gold mine for someone wishing to make a career transition into the health care industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, future job growth is predicted for a variety of these health care professions. Registered nurses, physician assistants, and physical therapists along with medical and dental assistants and home health care aides all are expected to see increases in the numbers of jobs
Hands-on health care careers for those who want to help or to heal people include:
In addition, the health care industry includes jobs that don't provide direct patient care:
While transitioning to an IT job in health care from an IT job in a different industry might not require too much of an adjustment, moving into a new health-related career often requires additional education, training, and licensing.
In addition to the vast number of opportunities, the other striking quality about the health care industry is the variety of environments and the many different types of organizations that you can work for in these professions.
These organizations are great for those who want to find a position that relates to patient care, with close contact to patients. But, they also provide many of the same variety of positions as any other employer that don't have direct contact with patients, such as finance, accounting, Internet, administrative, etc.
Job-Hunt's Career Change Expert, Randi Bussin, founder and president of Aspire!, is a career coach and counselor with more than 25 years of business, entrepreneurial, and career counseling experience, including DISC assessments. Randi has experienced several major career transitions (from corporate to small business owner to career counselor to coach) and personally understands the effort and commitment involved. She has appeared on public television's "Job Doctor," and is a frequent contributor to Bridgestar's Leadership Matters newsletter, The Ladders job-search Web site (www.theladders.com) and her own blog, which offers advice on career transition, job search, and labor market trends. Follow Randi on Twitter @Aspire4Success.